|My techy friends, KK and Melanie|
|It's always been about the children.|
I have really only blogged about life from a K-1 teacher's perspective all these years, but just as much could have been written about what has been going on in our intermediate school at the Creek over these last 18 years, especially when it comes to results. Melanie has led the charge in literacy K-5, standing on the shoulders of the work that has been done by Lucy Calkins and her colleagues at Teachers' College. Melanie holds the banner high as both new and seasoned literacy teachers do the hard work of preparing our students for high stakes testing, but so much more than that, preparing them for life. Suzanne Shall and Angela Phillips have led the charge in Math and in Suzanne's absence this year, Angela carries the banner using her own classroom as the Math lab without missing a beat. Carolyn Swidorsky has led Science K-5 from inside her classroom too, making sure that the lower grades build a foundation that can hold the "skyscraper" that is built in fifth.
Of course, it hasn't always been just about risks and results because much of our time has been spent on relationships. The pictures that follow in no way represent all that has happened at Chets during my time here, but they do represent some of my fondest memories. Here's a quick glimpse of this one teacher's incredible journey.
|Your want me to be a what? a Barbie doll?!|
|The first "Dream Team!"|
|With Sharon Taberski|
|With Fountas and Pinnell|
We're in Hollywood! I never did learn all the words to that apple bottom boots song!